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Trust to fund more Angel Rings in NSW

Rock fishos in NSW are to benefit from the installation of additional Angel Rings at popular locations around the state.  

Primary Industries Minister Ian Macdonald said as a result of the NSW Government and the NSW Saltwater Recreational Fishing Trust working together, rock fishing in NSW should become safer.

“The NSW Saltwater Recreational Fishing Trust has allocated $62,675 to install another 30 Angel Rings at various locations around the state, while ensuring the current 87 Angel Ring facilities are maintained and replaced over the next three years,” Macdonald said.
“The trust will also provide $50,750 to continue funding the successful Rock fishing Safety resource folder,” he said.

The funding is part of the trust’s $13 million spending spree on more than 60 recreational fishing projects across NSW over the next year – the NSW Saltwater Recreational Fishing Trust is funded by recreational fishing licence sales. Angel Rings are life buoys installed at popular and dangerous ocean rock fishing spots along the NSW coast.

“This year alone there have been six confirmed rescues using the Angel Rings,” the Minister said.

“This is a further extension of the successful Angel Rings project carried out since 1994 by the Australian National Sportfishing Association (NSW).”

The new rings will be placed at locations including Botany Bay National Park, Royal National Park and the Pittwater area. The NSW Saltwater Recreational Fishing Trust will also provide $50,750 to distribute 30,000 resource folders free of charge to anglers over the next three years. The folders, co-ordinated by the NSW Recreational Fishing Alliance in conjunction with the Department of Sport and Recreation, will include DVDs on how to rockfish safely, translated into Korean, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Another 100,000 copies of these DVDs have also been distributed free of charge to migrant centres, community groups, tackle shops and local grocery stores.

For a copy of the rock fishing safety resource folder go to www.safefishing.com.au

 

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